10. Go for Good Grains
If there’s one hot-button word in all of dieting, we can all pretty much agree it’s carbs. Here’s our take: There are a lot of bad, junky foods out there, and yes, many of them are carb-based. That’s one reason why carbs have gotten such a bad rap, because it’s not necessarily about the “carbs” but about refined carbs: the simple sugars that have zero nutritional value and are so often associated with people putting on weight.
But, there is such a thing as “good” carbs, and they’re important for you to have as part of a balanced diet. We’re talking about whole grains, which are high in fiber, which will help slow digestion, keep you full, and regulate your blood sugar levels. So forego refined carbohydrates and sugars, and instead focus on adding “good” carbs—a.k.a. whole grains—to your diet. Choose unsweetened, 100 percent whole grain cereals, oatmeal, breads and pastas labeled “100% whole grain,” brown rice, quinoa, millet, and unbuttered popcorn, which can be topped with some of the delicious spices found on the next page.